The Singapore Police Force – Traffic Police
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The mission of the Traffic Police is to maintain law and order on the roads of Singapore and promote road traffic safety by influencing the behaviour and skills of roads users.

The Traffic Police (TP) is a specialist staff department of the Singapore Police Force (SPF), made up of the 7 following branches:

arrowOThe Research and Planning Branch is the “Think Tank” of TP where critical policies are conceptualised, researched, deliberated and executed. The Branch provides the strategic direction for traffic policies, working with the Ministry of Home Affairs, Police Headquarters and other agencies to co-ordinate the formulation and execution of policies.

arrowOThe Corporate Service Branch plays a support function to the Department. Its roles and functions include manpower management, staff welfare, customer service, logistical service and administrative support for the Department, IT support, finance and the Registry.

arrowOThe Operations and Training Branch is responsible for the planning and execution of all traffic operations and training initiatives in TP. A major part of the planning is focused on traffic management and operations on a day-to-day basis as well as for major events, exercises and incidences. The branch provides their traffic management expertise to event organisers to facilitate the smooth flow of traffic and ensure orderliness on the roads. Apart from operations, the branch is also involved in planning and meeting the training needs of officers of TP.

arrowOThe Investigation and Reports Branch carries out investigation on road traffic accidents involving death and injury accidents, as well as serious violations. The branch is also supported by an investigation support team which looks into processing of violation reports. The Warrant Unit (enforcing warrants of arrest) and the Camera Unit (in charge of red light surveillance and radar speed cameras) is also under the purview of the branch.

arrowOThe Investigation and Reports Branch carries out investigation on road traffic             tp1accidents involving death and injury accidents, as well as serious violations. The branch is also supported by an investigation support team which looks into processing of violation reports. The Warrant Unit (enforcing warrants of arrest) and the Camera Unit (in charge of red light surveillance and radar speed cameras) is also under the purview of the branch.

arrowOThe Patrol Unit with 4 core patrol teams and 1 special team (Task Force) plays a vital role in day-to-day enforcement of traffic rules and regulations, the conduct of special operations and the provision of outrider escorts.

arrowOThe Testing and Licensing Branch, together with the four Test Centres, sets training standards for the Driving Centres and private instructors. It is also responsible for the administration of theory and practical tests, and issue of driving licenses for the motoring public.

arrowOThe Road Safety Branch plays a specific role in road safety. Their strategic role is to initiate road safety campaigns that will psychologically influence the public to embrace road safety, create platforms and opportunities for community involvement as well as partnership in the area of road safety.

We talk to Traffic Police Officer Alvin Teo, who is from the Investigation and Reports Branch.

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Alvin, what are your job responsibilities as a Police Officer?

Police Officers are expected to and do perform a variety of tasks and duties. In my previous posting as a patrol officer, I conduct patrols to ensure that the law is observed and order is maintained. This involves the apprehension of suspected criminals as well as those who exercise disregard of the law.In

In my current posting as an Investigation Officer, my primary role is to conduct investigations into the various cases and incidents that come under my purview. My job is to follow a case through to completion and ensure that no stone is left unturned in the course of investigation.

“The objectives of seeking the truth and getting to the bottom of a case are always uppermost on my mind.”

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What do you like best about your job?

To say that the security of the country cannot be taken for granted would be an understatement. But to me, just by knowing and saying it serves little purpose. In the current security climate, everyone must pitch in through any means that they can.

After all, we’re talking about the security of our country, family and loved ones. What better way than to be directly involved in the process? And the icing on the cake is that the SPF offers a rewarding and fulfilling opportunity to do just that!

A career in the SPF means more than just a job. It reflects a person’s commitment to the community. This is what motivated me to join the SPF.

What are some of your highlights working as a Police Officer?

As a member of the Special Operations Team in Traffic Police, I had the honour of participating in VVIP motorcade escorts for dignitaries such as Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh as well as US President George W Bush.

I was also given opportunities to engage the community at various levels through a multitude of events such as the IISS, S2006 and ASEAN Summit Meetings. erson’s commitment to the community. This is what motivated me to join the SPF.

TIPS FOR SAFE DRIVING

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Always indicate your intention in advance

- Such as when turning or switching lanes.

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Always maintain a safe following distance

- Be ready to stop your vehicle in time should the need arises.

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Be patient

- Keep a lookout for children and the elderly, who may dash across the road. Always give way to pedestrians at the pedestrian crossings.

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Do not speed

- Excessive speeding is one of the common causes of traffic accidents.

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Obey traffic rules and regulations at all times.

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What challenges do you face in your job?

With the increasing sophistication and complexity of the public, the SPF has continuously improved and re-invigorated itself in tandem.Looking at the array of issues that the SPF engages the public on, securing and maintaining the trust of the public is crucial. In the course of my work, I ensure that I uphold the trust placed in me by the public as well as the organisation.

tp5In the same vein, managing the expectations of our ‘customers’ poses a challenge at times because not every request can be fulfilled. In such instances, I try my best to explain the situation and the reasons why certain things may not be done the way they expected.

What are your goals for the future?

One can never stop learning and improving. Only by continuous self-improvement can one keep abreast of developments and changes. My personal goal is to remain enthusiastic, keep on learning and upgrading myself, so that I can remain relevant and contribute what I’ve learnt to the organisation and the community.

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